Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fortune Cookie Re-do Giveaway...

Our Sweet Fortune Keepsake Cookie Pendants (featured in October 2010's In Style Magazine), is one of my most favorite pieces.  However, I realized that having the 'fortune' with the cookie isn't everyone's cup of tea, so I'm re-creating the piece to have the 'fortune' at the nape of the neck, as a part of the chain, which would allow for more text...

Here's where you come in:

Leave me a comment below with some short-ish fortunes that would be uplifting, inspiring, or even funny - little quips of advice that you would want to carry with you as a reminder of how to live, feel, or be.  Put some thought into it because THESE will be the fortunes that we will include with each pendant!

Enter each fortune idea separately, and on Monday, December 5th at 9PM PST, a winner will be chosen at random.

The prize?  A fortune cookie pendant, of course!! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Magic and Warmth of Copper...

We haven't worked a lot with copper at TPP.  We're more prone to using precious metals such as sterling and gold...but I think we've been really missing out on this amazing metal.

Not only does copper have (alleged) healing qualities such as having anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powers, but the beauty of this metal is unlike any other.

I've been playing around with copper in the hopes of adding it to our collections, or perhaps creating an entire copper category on its own.

I love texture, so it's no surprise that every piece you see here has something that you can run your fingers across and feel.  I created these earrings using vintage Swarovski crystals and kept the design simple with circles.

                     These little beauties will look perfectly lovely with all the black that I wear!

I also created a few pendant-type pieces - a simple peacock feather, a mendhi paisley patterned one to match the earrings and then a fortune cookie.

Each piece was heat patina'd, which gives these pieces the awesomely sparkly variation of color.  I hang out with some very talented creative types and got the chance to learn how to do this from the amazing Kristi Bowman.  Did I do you proud, Kristi?? :)

I have a feeling that you will be seeing a lot more copper components and full pieces at The Pretty Peacock.  The warmth and beauty of this metal looks great in every Season with just about any type of outfit.  I cannot wait to experiment more!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tantalizing Topaz and a Sweet Face...

Topaz is the birthstone for November.  You can find this stone in an array of colors from wine, to gray, to the 'typical' yellow, brown and orange that you might customarily think of as topaz.  "Precious" topaz is usually orange. You can find more info on Topaz, here.

I love finding out the what healing qualities gemstones have based on Old World literature and ritual.  According to crystal-cure.com:
Topaz is a soothing, empathetic stone that will direct energy to the place it is most needed. It heals and energizes. Topaz is a promoter of truth and forgiveness. Use it to find your own path.
At the Pretty Peacock, we tend to search for November's birthstone in the dark amber-brown or orange hues and we love to show off our birthstone in our Good Karma Wise Owl Pendant.

Look at this sweet little face (the owl's not bad, either)!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

How I Met Your Mother...a tribute to Barney Stimson

 I love the show "How I met your mother".  Barney is my favorite character, and if you knew me, you would totally be shaking your head in complete understanding of why he is my favorite.

I created this pendant using a phrase Barney says fairly frequently:
"Whenever I get sad, I stop being sad and start being awesome."
Now, I'm not saying that TV sitcoms bestow relevant, meaningful philosophies on life often...but, c'mon.  THAT little phrase is one you can live by for sure.

Plus, it makes a kick-butt pendant.  Just take a look at our happy model below!

Want one of your own?  Or have another gem of wisdom from a TV show you would like to have captured in silver or copper?  Contact us and we can make all your dreams come true...

Well, at least this one.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Truly Personal Holiday Gifts...

No one can help but feel truly touched when someone gives us something that is uniquely personal to us - it shows that the gift was chosen with care and time was taken to really think about the person that the gift is being presented to.

As I get older, I could care less about the latest trend in handbags, or getting another crazy gadget that I will inevitably spend countless hours playing with only to end up on a shelf collecting dust when the next trend, craze, or "must have" item comes along.  

I'm not SO old that I need to hang on to each and every memory...but I do realize more and more how quickly time passes and how terribly difficult it is to really enjoy the 'right now'.

Maybe time seems to be passing so quickly because I'm watching two, young children grow up and become more and more self-sufficient, when it seems like yesterday where I was craving to get three hours of uninterrupted sleep in a row. 

Sometimes I just want to laminate moments in perfection. And that's why I create many of the pieces that I do.

My Tiny Touch Collection was created because I had an entire filing cabinet filled with lovely pieces of artwork from my tots...they were hilarious, but so heartfelt and it was so much fun capturing their little works into silver, so that I could have it forever, just the way it was today.

The prints I create out of hand and footprints just make me smile.  They are sweet and so deeply personal...actual prints of my little one's!!  
Handwriting is something that is quickly being superseded by texts and emails...that personal touch of a person's writing is left only for quick scribbles when a cell phone or computer aren't handy.  

I love handwriting.  There is so much you can feel about a person when you see their writing and when you see the writing of someone you love...it's so special, so uniquely 'them'.  

This bracelet is one of my most prized possessions.  A little note from my husband in his handwriting.  It's subtle and I'm usually the only one that knows that it's there.  But, that's the whole point.  I know it's there.

It's about that time to start thinking about gifts for the people you love.  Think about giving them something they will hang onto and cherish forever.  Give them something that when they are really old, they can sit back, roll their eyes to the ceiling, and reminisce about that time and space that has been lovingly captured in precious metal.  And, as always, if you have an idea of a treasure you would like to see brought to life, do not hesitate to contact me...I love that stuff!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hot for Yoga...

Being born into an Indian family does not automatically guarantee that you'll be a math whiz, a science genius, or freakishly good at yoga. It's a crying shame, too.

It is nearly impossible to have a conversation with any group of women without the topic of yoga - specifically hot yoga - coming up.  Then the whole "Oh-ing" and "it's changed my life" stories unfold.


I am obviously familiar with yoga.  I've tried to contort my incredibly inflexible body into the pretty sounding asanas. I've tried the not-so-hot yoga, which suited me far better than the Bikram style yoga that had me puking in the trashcan within 40 minutes (I apparently have a lot of toxins that aren't ready to abandon ship just yet).

What I need to help rid myself of toxins!

BUT - I would loooovee if I could love yoga like some of my compadres have grown to become obsessed over.

Until then, I have no shame in wanting the super zen and lovely gear that is associated with all things yoga from the newly launched Have A Namaste Day, online yoga boutique.  I also love creating pieces that yoga enthusiasts have claimed "speak to [them]" and makes them feel good to wear even off the yoga mat.

If you are a yoga lover, know a yoga lover, love a yoga lover...send them over to Have a Namaste Day so they can, as they say, "indulge in some good karma." :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I heart geekery...

My older sister has always been considered the "smart one".  She was the one with the straight A's, the one whom the teachers loved, the one who our parents loved to brag about at Indian functions.  I was...well, I was a lot of other equally awesome adjectives (see how my self-esteem is not in question?).

I think I worked hard not to be the geek, but you can't fight genes.  I love anything to do with stationary. I love the 'weird', the 'quirky'...I love dorky humor (read: puns)...I'm a geek.  And that's just fine.  Especially with this whole wave of all things geekery. I love geekery...

It feels good to let your inner geek out whenever possible. I just finished creating a few Roman Numeral pieces. I think it's mysterious and interesting to wear things that only you know the true meaning of...or at least that you know right away without having to sit there and try to figure out...which you know your fellow geeks will be doing when they see you wearing it...

I'm hoping to add A LOT more pieces to this collection - rings, charms, key chains...lots of stuff.

Being a geek is so much fun! :)